December 2, 2008, Truckee, Calif., Cessna 172RG


During a normal approach to landing, the pilot misjudged the height between the airplane and the runway during the flare. The airplane settled onto the runway hard. The airplane bounced, the pilot lowered the nose and the airplane entered a porpoise, followed by the propeller contacting the runway. The firewall sustained substantial damage. The pilot said there were no pre-impact mechanical malfunctions or failures.


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